Hennepin Theatre District lights up the holiday season in downtown Minneapolis with full line-up of holiday shows

November 8, 2023

Hennepin Theatre Trust is also set to display the iconic Dayton’s figurines in downtown storefronts as part of the Holidays on Nicollet activities

MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 8, 2023) — This holiday season, the Hennepin Theatre District comes alive with a variety of live entertainment events presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust. In the coming weeks, Hennepin Theatre Trust is scheduled to bring the magic of the season downtown with over a dozen shows for the holidays, with highlights including Brave New Workshop’s holiday show All I Want for Christmas is You…to Elf Off. The world’s favorite holiday tradition, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is bringing their iconic sound to the Orpheum Theatre. The New Standards will bring their signature mix of jazz and humor to their annual holiday show. Minneapolis-based local group The Blenders return with their unique harmony-based sound for their Holiday Soul Tour 2023. Finally, Cirque du Soleil brings ‘Twas the Night Before…, a new take on a timeless tradition that promises to thrill and amaze.

In addition to the full line-up of live entertainment events, Hennepin Theatre Trust is also set to display the iconic, vintage figurines from Dayton’s Holiday Show in downtown storefronts this season in partnership with the mpls downtown council, as part of the Holidays on Nicollet activities.

“We’re lighting up the Hennepin Theatre District with holiday cheer for everyone to enjoy,” said Todd Duesing, President and CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust. “We’re proud to bring the best in holiday entertainment to Hennepin Avenue and deliver experiences unlike any other you’ll find this holiday season. From Mannheim Steamroller’s iconic Christmas sound to our partnership with the mpls downtown council to bring the nostalgia of the Dayton’s figurines to holiday shoppers downtown, there is truly no better place to embrace the magic of the season than the Hennepin Theatre District.”

Events and shows presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust:

All I Want for Christmas is You . . . to Elf Off
Nov. 9, 2023 – Jan. 27, 2024, Dudley Riggs Theatre
Tickets are $45
It’s that time of year again, and amazing as the holiday season is, we’ve all had times when there isn’t enough nog on earth to make the jingling in our heads stop. That’s why Brave New Workshop is back with a show for everyone who loves the holidays but wishes just one night could be a little more silent.

The Blenders Holiday Soul Tour
Dec. 8–10, Pantages Theatre
Tickets are $52
The Blenders bring their festive harmonies back to the Pantages Theatre with their Holiday Soul Tour, marking over 30 years of their unique style of vocal, harmony-based music.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Friday, Dec. 15, Orpheum Theatre
Tickets range from $56 to 76
The world’s favorite holiday tradition for over 35 years, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is bringing a show filled to the brim with classic carols, original songs and breathtaking lights and dazzling multimedia effects to create a Christmas sensation straight out of the North Pole.

The New Standards Holiday Show
Dec. 1–2, State Theatre
Tickets range from $30 to 135
Minnesota jazz trio The New Standards bring a merry troupe of vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers and an all-star lineup of surprise special guests to a delightful and beloved Minneapolis holiday tradition.

‘Twas the Night Before… by Cirque du Soleil
Nov. 24 – Dec. 3, Northrop at the University of Minnesota
Tickets range from $42 to 117
Cirque du Soleil brings a new take on a timeless Christmas tale that promises to thrill and amaze. In a winter wonderland inspired by the poem, they discover whimsical characters, acrobats, children and reindeer who reunite father and daughter in the holiday spirit.

Non-holiday events and shows: 

Nov. 14 – 19, Orpheum Theatre
Tickets range from $40 to 139
We join Bobbie for her thirty-fifth birthday as she searches for answers to life’s hard questions: Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man? Isn’t it time to start a family? Follow her journey as she discovers while being single, being married and being alive in the 21st-century could drive a person crazy.

Joe Gatto’s Night of Comedy
Saturday, Dec. 9, State Theatre
Tickets range from $39.75 to 59.75
Laugh, cry and maybe even learn a little bit about life with improvisational comic Joe Gatto, who promises a full night of hilarity at his Night of Comedy special that will have you rolling from start to finish.

Disney’s Aladdin
Dec. 5-10
Tickets range from $39 to 179
Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. 

Mrs. Doubtfire
Dec. 19 – 24, Orpheum Theatre
Tickets range from $40 to 139
Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Minneapolis! The loveable, feel-good family comedy of the season, Mrs. Doubtfire tells the hysterical and heartfelt story of an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids.

Additional holiday events and shows:

Hip Hop Nutcracker presented by Tobin Entertainment
Friday, Nov. 24, State Theatre

Girl Named Tom presented by Martin Media Presents
Wednesday, Nov. 29, Pantages Theatre

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet presented by Talmi Entertainment
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Orpheum Theatre

Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy presented by Minnesota Dance Theatre
Dec. 16-23, State Theatre

Michael W. Smith Christmas presented by Martin Media
Saturday, Dec. 16, Orpheum Theatre

Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave.
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave.
Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave.
Dudley Riggs Theatre, 824 Hennepin Ave.

To purchase tickets, please visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

Hennepin Theatre Trust drives cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota through leadership of the dynamic Hennepin Theatre District in downtown Minneapolis and educational programming that reaches every area of the state. Its historic theatres — Orpheum, State and Pantages — and event center at 900 Hennepin Avenue light up Hennepin Avenue with top-tier entertainment, including the best of Broadway and a wide variety of arts programming. Hennepin Theatre Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.